Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Black Bean Burgers

In an effort to eat healthier I've introduced meals into our normal repertoire that have no meat. The family members frown in unison but they ended up liking these burgers. I thought they were very tasty. You be the judge.

Black Bean Burgers

1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4-1/2 cup red onion
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup green chiles (from can, drained)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (from can, rinsed, pressed to remove liquid)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/4-1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed pork rinds OR 10 crackers
1-2 tsp cumin
1/2-1 tsp chili pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp additional olive oil (for frying patties)

1 - Heat up the 1-2 Tbsp olive oil until it slightly sizzles. Add onion, cloves, chiles and tomatoes and saute until lightly brown and wilted.
2 - Drain and rinse beans and place in a bowl. Smash beans, leaving many partly whole pieces. You don't want to make a mush.
3 - Add cooked ingredients to the black beans.
4 - Add seasonings and mix up.
5. Add binder (bread crumbs or pork rinds or crackers.)
6 - Form four patties onto a plate. I placed ours in the fridge for an hour to firm them up but really I don't think it made much difference in the cooking.
7 - Heat up 1-2 Tbsp olive oil until it slightly sizzles. Carefully add the bean burgers and cook on each side about 4 minutes. When you flip them the first time they'll still feel squishy but when they're done, they'll be firmer.
8 - We added sliced cheese but its not necessary. try a slice or avocado or some homemade guacamole. ENJOY!

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